Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Mee wish you a Merry Christmas

Its Christmas Eve!
Are you excited?
I know I am!
No crafting has taken place here over the last few days. We've had so much to do and what seems like little time to do it in.
My big plan is to get some items made ready for a Folksy shop in the new year but some thinking and planning needs to go into that, oh and also time which I seem to not have very much of.
I wonder if someone bought me some time for Christmas?
Anyway, enough babbling.
All I came here for was to say I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and marvellous new year.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Up and away

(please excuse the mark on my picture. Tis the children. I'll blame it on them)
I was asked just over a week ago to make 10 of these Robin decorations.
As usual with these things, making them doesn't take long at all, its the all the cutting out thats time consuming.
But give me an hour long episode of Emmerdale, 3 kids in bed and some chocolate and I can get anything done!

Yes thats right, I like to watch Emmerdale.
Its escapism after a long day talking gobbledigook. I could make excuses all day about it but I don't care. I am proud to come out of the soap closit.

So yes, Robins, they are done now and they will fly away on Monday morning who I believe is distributing them as christmas gifts which is nice.

Are you all ready for the big day?
Got your decorations up, wrapped your presents, sent your cards?
Well we've got the decorations up, I've wrapped most of the kids presents but haven't wrapped anyone elses but I have sent my cards, well except family ones. I still have'nt bought them.

Here is our tree. Our real tree that L and M went and picked yesterday. Its had to have a little pruning done to it as its was a bit wonky to start with but its perfect.

I love how the top 3 sticks/stems/bits all curl up. They remind me of antlers. Sadly the picture doesn't show up our lovely little twinkly lights.

I ended up decorating it myself as M announced it was boring! As if! And the boys wanted to bicker over cars.


But I enjoyed myself with a bit of Dean Martin playing in the background. Lovely.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Da da da da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaa, AND THE WINNER IS.........

Its lovely weather isn't it
Only joking.
Now I promise I have used a random number generator online to pick the winner but not the usual one because for some reason it just will not work!
So I used a different one (if you google random number generator, it was the 6th result and it has a column down the left side of the screen) and it picked the numbeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Which is
And just because I am feeling very festive and lovely, I will do a runner up prize
and the random number machine picked numbeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr
And this is Jennyflower!
So yey for both of you two. Can you both email me with your addresses and I will send them out as soon as I can get my bum to the post office.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

A Christmas meme

There is a little Christmas meme doing the rounds via email at the moment. I'm not sure if it originated from a blog or not but I've had a few from other crafty friends which I have to say I've enjoyed reading because I'm a bit of a Christmas freak.
It does say at the top of the meme that you have to fill it in and not be a scrooge and a scrooge I am not. However Googlemail is being very awkward and won't let me select more than one recipient for composing an email, which is rather annoying because about 6 people have emailed me their memes and if I were to reply, I would have to do more than one and it would take ages.
Soooo I will save that time for wrapping presents and eating chocolate and just do my meme on here.
Here goes.......
1. Wrapping Paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper and bags for us. Aren't we posh and non eco friendly!
2. Real tree or Artificial tree? We have both. Without sounding poncey and up my own behind, we do have quite a big house and lots of rooms so it would be rude not to decorate them all
. 3. When do you put up the tree? 1st December without fail. Well the artificial trees and other decorations go up on the 1st, this year the real tree is coming a bit later so it lasts longer.
4. When do you take the tree down? I like to string it out for as long as possible but its usually the 5th or 6th January.
5. Do you like eggnog? I've never had it! How un-christmas like!
6. Favourite gift received as a child? I cannot actually remember what my favourite gift was but 2 that stick in my mind are a dressing table and a pretend post office set up. They were great.
7. Hardest person to buy for? L and my father in law.
8. Easiest person to buy for? M without a doubt because she wants everything and my parents because they life laundry their house all the time and ask for very simple and cheap gifts that they know they will use or need.
9. Do you have a Nativity Scene? No. I dont like them.
10. Post or E-mail Christmas cards? Post of course. Emailing Christmas cards would be wrong.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I have to say I don't remember getting any bad presents.
12. Favourite Christmas Movie? Home Alone 1 and 2. Cheesy and pathetic you may think but I always feel christmassy when I see these films.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? As early as possible. The last 2 years years I have started in October. I plan to start even earlier for Christmas 2009 by getting some bargains in the sales.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No never but I know my parents have lol.
15. Favourite thing to eat at Christmas? Christmas dinner with a glass of Bucks Fizz. I also like to nibble on all the cold leftovers at tea time.
16. Lights on the tree? Of course. I've always been a little white fairy light kind of gal but last year L bought the most gorgeous tiny little coloured lights which do a whole host of things.
17. Favourite Christmas songs? I love the cheesy Christmas ones by Slade, Elton John etc. In fact we have just put a load onto the Ipod and have been listening to them. Not that we get to listen to them alot because M has taken a shine to Boney M's classic "Marys boy child" and we've had that on repeat for the last 3 days. It would be ok except she insists that its not Jesus Christ, its Jesus Price.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We used to travel but when middle child arrived, we decided to stay at home so that the kids can enjoy their presents. My family live 30 miles away and L's live 70 miles away so it wouldn't be fair to drag them out in the car leaving all their gifts at home. However this year, the in laws are coming to us for christmas dinner. Thats me cooking for 6 adults and 3 kids! Eeeek!
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? I'll have a go. Dasher, Dancer, Comet, Blitzen, Cupid?, Rudolph, Donna/Donnah???
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? We have a silver sparkly star.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning. I remember L letting M open a little present on Christmas Eve once and I went spare!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? I don't think there is one single thing that I dislike about it. Its all great to me.
23. Favourite ornament theme or colour? We have a bit of a colour theme going on with purples, mauves and gold with odd collected ornament thrown in.
24. Favourite for Christmas dinner? Turkey of course. L's family always have starters too so if we have dinner with them its usually some mushroom thing for me and prawn for the others. This year though it will be homemade vegetable soup for starters.
25. What do you want for Christmas? Nothing particular but I do love a good suprise!

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2009 to you all!
(Oh and remember, you have until midnight tomorrow to enter the giveaway. Just add a comment onto the post below)

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Its a snowy 100th post so therefore there should be a snowy giveaway!

What a downfall of snow we have.
I can honestly say that I haven't seen this much snow since I was a child. Its just amazing.
M's school has been shut so I we have already been outside and built a snowman.

A bit of a funny looking snowman I'll admit but he's a bigun! I had to do his head all on my own because by that point M had walked off announcing it was too cold and middle child was screaming his head off and showing me his wet gloved hands as if to say "oh my god they are going to fall off".

So I quickly finished him off and now we're sat in our nice cosy room with duvets and tv. Fab.

So today, according to my blogger dashboard, I am now on my 100th post! Pretty good going for me considering I don't normally stick at things for very long. But this whole blogging thing I find really enjoyable. The people I have chatted to, the blogs I visit, the swaps I've taken part in and organised, its all been great.

I'll stop babbling now. So 100 posts equals a giveaway. I'm not telling what you'll win because its a suprise but it will be good I do promise that. So lovely bloggers, leave me a comment, anything, something totally random if you wish, leave me a piece of strange knowledge or a fact and teach me something new.

Comments will close on Monday at midnight and I'll announce the winner on Tuesday. I would do it before but littlest boy turns one on Saturday and we're having a big family gathering here so as of midnight tonight I'll turn into this wild vicious monster frantically sorting the house out. Its all a bit Jekyll and Hyde. Not nice but at least I'll have a tidy house at the end of it.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Big fish, little fish, fabric box!

Did any of you ever do that dance?
You know the one where you flap your arms around like a mad person.
Maybe it was just me then.

Last night I decided I wanted to make a little storage box. I've seen a few on other peoples blogs but they were all round or basket shaped with handles. Lovely as they all are, I wanted square and rectangular shaped boxes.
So I set out last night and made this

I apologise for the dire photo but the box would not play and pose for me.

I also apologise for the creases in the fabric. That is due to M playing with it this morning and then the middle child sitting on it.

But aside from its non posing and creases, its come out really well. I have lined it with 4oz wadding, so its really soft. It holds it shape well and it would make a good little storage box for crafty bits. Maybe wool, thread or just keep your little bits and bobs in. I think it would be also good for a nappy/diaper holder. I think they're a bigger hit in the US than here in the UK though.

Time and sick child (yes thats M who has caught yet another sickness bug) permitting, I'm hopefully going to make another one today and take photos whilst I'm doing it, then I can do my very first tutorial! Look at me, getting big for my boots! (you watch, the next one will go horribly wrong)

Did anyone sign up for Soozs Happy CD swap? I have found out who my partners are today so I'm off for a blog nosey!

Have a good day folks.